October 2017

Sex offender failed to tell police he had moved

A convicted sex offender on the register for 10 years didn’t go to the police station to tell officers he had moved house, a court was told.

Ex-painter and decorator Ray Kavanagh was put on the Sex Offenders Register for a decade when he was jailed for 21 months at Burnley Crown Court, in 2014.

He had breached the notification requirements before and had appeared in court in March.

Burnley magistrates heard Kavanagh was caught when police visited his house on Eldwick Street, Burnley, on a routine compliance visit and found it had not been occupied for a number of months.

The 57-year-old, of Fairfield Drive, Burnley, admitted failing to comply with the notification requirements of the register, on August 1st and September 27th.

He was fined £120 and must also pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Mr David Lawson (defending) told the hearing Kavanagh had severe learning difficulties. He said the defendant had extreme difficulty with retaining verbal and written communication and didn’t read and write properly.

Mr Lawson said Kavanagh believed that if he moved a phone call to the police would suffice.

He added: “He makes a telephone call, but doesn’t go down to the police station and register properly.

“There was no indication he was involved in furtive behaviour.”